Wimbledon glory for Garbine Muguruza as Venus Williams misses out

Ruben Hill
July 16, 2017

All the sentimental votes went for Venus in her 20th appearance, the 37-year-old aiming to be the oldest champion in over a century in her first Wimbledon final since 2009. Then, in the first set, she botched two set points to lose 7-5, and totally fell apart in the second, stumbling to a shocking 6-0 loss.

Muguruza defeated 37-year-old Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 to become the first Spanish woman to win Wimbledon since Martinez defeated 37-year-old Martina Navratilova.

Venus Williams of the United States returns to Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the women's final of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 15 July 2017.

When the five-times victor could barely get her racket to a vicious forehand, it gave the Spaniard three match points, but in keeping with a messy second set, she needed two Hawk-eye challenges to put the beleaguered American out of her misery.

Her comprehensive victory over Williams was redemption for Muguruza after she was beaten in the final by Venus' sister Serena in 2015.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action against Venus Williams of the United States of America during their final match for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 15 July 2017. "I know it sounds incredible". You know, I'm happy that once again I see myself winning a Grand Slam, something that is so hard to do.

Her resurgence started a year ago at Wimbledon when she made it to the semifinals.

There was nearly nothing to separate the pair in a high-quality first set, and it was Williams who had the first sniff with two set points at 5-4. She crafted her third break point of the set when Venus netted a forehand and took her chance when the American sent a second forehand long after another lengthy exchange. "I went for some big shots, and they didn't land".

When the five-times victor could barely get her racket to a vicious forehand, it gave the Spaniard three match points. "She just shows this toughness". The newly minted champion had nothing but praise for the player she grew up watching.

The articulate Muguruza was keen to point out that she, too, now had more experience. Now she knows how it feels to beat one for a championship at the All England Club.

Asked what she took from their conversations, Liu said: " I think definitely just focusing on getting better, like not focusing on winning or losing or the results, just trying to get better each day, and have fun".

"I think she played incredible".

She said: "Garbine played really well". It became a remarkable display of sustained power and placement, combined with strong serving and even better returning. I feel good.' During the tournament, I was feeling better and better. "Now that I'm pregnant, I'm going to bed a lot earlier and getting exhausted a lot faster", she says.

The resurgent former world No 1 opened the match with a 175kmh ace down the middle and clinched her first service game with a venomous backhand-down-the-line victor.

'I don't know, I was so excited to go out there and win, especially over somebody like a role model.

Catching herself - because there's no absolute guarantee Federer will prevail in his bid for a record eighth championship over Marin Cilic - Muguruza quickly added: "I like Cilic".

Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. So I was calm. "I believe I can do that".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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